James and Kaleigh preview their spring break cruise on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. They discuss expectations and preparations and how they differ since this will be the first cruise in which they bring their daughter.
This week we discuss the growing trend of specialty restaurants at sea. We each highlight our favorites, honorable mentions, least favorites and restaurants we'd like to visit in the future. Cruise news features big moves for Carnival, both in leadership and ship deployments.
Ep. 35 Carnival Elation Review
This week we discuss the newest ships and refurbishments coming up. The ships we detail are the Norwegian Breakaway, Quantum of the Seas, Carnival Sunshine, Disney Magic and Royal Princess. We talk about the features we are most looking forward to and what we think will be popular.
We give thanks for our favorites from each cruise line and share Christmas wishes or what we would like to see each cruise line do to improve the experience. Our cruise news features the up and coming port of Houston and a new drink package for Norwegian.
There was a lot of cruise news this week, and we cover it all in depth! Carnival discontinues a popular program as they add a controversial one. Royal Caribbean invites you to cruise with Barbie, to Barbados and possibly to the Ukraine. Disney finds success in Galveston. Protests in Venice and North Africa disrupt cruise itineraries.
This week we review a wide variety of cruise books including the Berlitz guide, Frommer's Cruises and Ports of Call, Fodor's Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises, and Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports. We also review autobiographies Cruise Confidential, Ship for Brains, and The Truth about Cruise Ships. The cruise magazines we review are Porthole Cruise Magazine and Cruise Travel Magazine. Our news features more talk of the all-inclusive drink package on Carnival and their new deck chair policy, plus the resolution of an old story from Princess and some Royal Caribbean controversy.
Matt from the unofficial Royal Caribbean blog at www.royalcaribbeanblog.com joins us to tell us all about the cruise line including news from a recent earnings call regarding potential new ships and new deployments. Our cruise news features Carnival's new "Faster to the Fun" pass which gets you into your stateroom right away with priority embarkation and immediate luggage delivery. We also discuss the new Queen of the Mississippi and the possible effects of Hurricane Ernesto.
This week we discuss which ships are the best to sail if you don't want to spend anything extra on board. Which ships have the best included food, entertainment and amenities? Which ones represent the best value? While we disagree somewhat in our answers, you're sure to find the conversation interesting. Our cruise news features how Carnival plans to solve the problem of "chair hogs", a new CEO for Celebrity, and our thoughts on a lady who wore a bathrobe for her entire cruise.
This week, Mikey Faust of mikeyscruiseblog.com tells us all about his first Mediterranean cruise where he visited the ports in Civitavecchia (Rome), Genoa, Barcelona, Corsica, Palma de Mallorca, and Sardenia. He gives us his view on how the Mariner of the Seas works in the Mediterranean, as well as how a European cruise compares to a Caribbean one. Our news includes stories of an accident which occured on a shore excursion and a new government regulation which may cause an increase in cruise pricing.
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